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March 2017

Safeguarding

23 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Christ the Servant King, High Wycombe, Sycamore Road, Booker
High Wycombe, Buckingham HP12 4NP
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‘Safeguarding’ continues to be a vital part of your school’s provision for its pupils and is an important test of you and your governing body’s leadership and management. It is also clearly a national and local priority for schools and is the target for increased scrutiny through Ofsted inspection regimes. Under the new 2015 handbook Ofsted will evaluate the effectiveness of a school’s provision using the Ofsted guidance ‘Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies’ and the key changes in…

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Church Schools in Modern Britain The ‘Not So Horrible History’ and the Rest! POSTPONED

30 March @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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Church of England schools in England have a long and distinguished history and heritage. They pre-date both Local Authorities and Government ‘departments.’ Many of our Church schools have Trust Deeds from the early 19th century and were founded on the premise of providing excellent education which empowers and enables children to rise out of poverty to reach their maximum potential. So what’s changed? In the new landscape of British Values, where do Church of England schools stand today? How can…

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April 2017

Head Teacher Recruitment & Succession Planning

25 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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Appointing a new Head Teacher is probably the most important task that a governing body undertakes. There is a considerable body of evidence indicating that the quality of a school’s head teacher is the single most significant factor in its success. Appointing a high-quality head to lead teaching and learning in your school is something under the direct control of Governors that positively affects school improvement. During this session we will be looking at: Steps in the Head Teacher recruitment…

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May 2017

Managing and Understanding Data

2 May @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Berryfields Primary School, John Fitzjohn Avenue
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 OFG United Kingdom
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Managing and understanding information about pupils’ achievements underpins the key work of any school. As the accountable body it is the responsibility of all Governors to have an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of pupil outcomes. But fear not it is not as mystifying as you may think! This module will provide you with information to ensure that as Governors you ‘do not shy away from challenging leaders about variations in outcomes for pupil groups, especially between disadvantaged and…

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SIAMS Toolkit Workshop – POSTPONED please contact Donna Finlay for details donna.finlay@oxford.anglican.org

9 May @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
St Michael’s Church, Warfield, Church Lane
Warfield, RG42 6EE
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This course aims to: Provide an update on the SIAMS self-evaluation and inspection processes. Give delegates the opportunity to complete aspects of the SIAMS tool kit. Review where you are with your self-evaluation. Provide time to focus on what makes your school distinctive and effective as a CE school. Provide time to reflect upon the evidence and impact sections of the tool kit. Make time to share ideas with colleagues. By the end of the course participants will have: Gained…

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Governance within a Church School Context

11 May @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
The Barns, Christ Church, Northcourt Rd
Abingdon , Oxfordshire OX14 1PL United Kingdom
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We will focus on the historical context of church schools, their key characteristics and how this relates to the vision and values of each school. We will explore the links between Christian Values and their role in the strategic vision for the school. The evening in outline: Then … History – What was and is the purpose of the Church School? Now – How do we realise the vision for church schools in the 21st century? Strategy – What are…

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RE and Collective Worship

18 May @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Christ the Servant King, High Wycombe, Sycamore Road, Booker
High Wycombe, Buckingham HP12 4NP
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Delegates will consider their roles and responsibilities as governors. We will focus on curriculum, monitoring and evaluation of Religious Education, including the current requirements of RE syllabuses. This will include: Brief overview of the current RE syllabus, including aims and teaching methods Legal responsibilities of governors towards RE syllabuses in different types of schools Monitoring & evaluation of RE Position of RE in respect of SIAMS & OFSTED Links between RE, SMSC, Personal Development and British Values We will also…

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Worship Workshop for Clergy

24 May @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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Developed from the ideas underpinning the National Society’s website this course will explore many ideas of practical use in school worship. The day will include material which will be appropriate in all types of school, church or otherwise. We will look at the role of clergy in: Encouraging participation across the community Parish and Church relationships Worship vs Assembly Themes, values, patterns and being explicit Planning, policies and governors Spiritual development Creating prayers with children and developmental aspects of prayer…

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June 2017

Headteacher Performance Management

7 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
The Barns, Christ Church, Northcourt Rd
Abingdon , Oxfordshire OX14 1PL United Kingdom
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Carrying out the Headteacher’s appraisal review is a major responsibility of the governing body, and should be performed by governors who have undertaken appropriate training. We will show you how you can work with an experienced team of advisors to ensure that your statutory responsibilities for Headteacher appraisal are met and the best possible outcomes are achieved for all the children and young people in your school. The course will: Identify the key features of the process and the differing…

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SIAMS: The Process and Preparation

8 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Thatcham Park School, Park Avenue
Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 4NP United Kingdom
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The aim of the course This module will cover everything you need to know about the SIAMS process. It will take you through all the practicalities step by step covering such things as timings, how to prepare, what the day will look like, what you can use as evidence, who will need to do what, what questions might you be asked and what do you do with the report afterwards? Programme includes: Familiarisation with the current SIAMS framework and self-evaluation…

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Meeting Statutory Requirements

21 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Thatcham Park School, Park Avenue
Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 4NP United Kingdom
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This module will explore the general responsibilities that the Governing Body has for the strategic direction of the school and ways in which the statutory responsibilities can be viewed as tools to promote high standards across various aspects of school life including educational achievement. The delivery of this module will include presentation as well as opportunities for discussion and reflection. Governors will be encouraged to work independently and in small groups in order to consider how the statutory responsibilities require…

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Good to Outstanding Governance

22 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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This module is aimed at governing bodies of schools who are aiming to become outstanding. It is an interactive session that will enable governors to understand how inspectors judge outstanding governance and what this means in practice. It looks at the features of outstanding governing bodies, including the criteria that have been highlighted in recent governance reports under the latest inspection frameworks. It involves work on the descriptors for outstanding leadership and management, the latest publications on governance, suggestions for…

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